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The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 26.8k votes 3.6k voters 21.5k views67 items

List RulesSuperheroes from other planets that have appeared in comics.

What is it about aliens that makes them such good super heroes? Is it because it's so easy to give them super powers? Is it that they view our world with an outside perspective that lets us view our morality with fresh eyes? Whatever it is, the best alien superheroes have become a huge part of our popular culture. The most iconic of their ranks, Superman, was created as the embodiment of America at the turn of the last country. He was a refugee from a far-away land who grew up to hold dear all the ideals that America offered the world. It was a statement about ourselves and America's place in the world.

Soon, Superman wasn't the only the alien superhero in our cosmic neighborhood. The Green Lantern Corps alone is one of the most diverse institutions in comics, to the point where it features an alien squirrel who can kick butt with the best of them. The Guardians of the Galaxy are some of the strangest characters out there, but they're also some of the most sympathetic. Alien characters let comics move away from Earth-based stories into something more colorful and ultimately more original. After all, there are only so many human characters you can have before red skinned aliens who vomit blood start to find an audience.

But even with all the strange physical and cultural quirks, many of these alien superheroes are extremely relatable. After all, Kilowog is just another drill sergeant with a heart of gold. Silver Surfer is filled with guilt and self-loathing over what could be considered the worst job ever. Even Supergirl lives in the shadow of a famous relative and has to constantly prove her worth to the world. Heck, Mar-Vell developed cancer in one of the most controversial stories in all of comics.

Just because you have super powers doesn't mean you're immune to emotional strife. And at the end of the day, that's why we love these characters. Because alien or not, they're just as human as we are. So check out the ranking of the best alien superheroes below and consider vote for the ones that most deserve the top spots.

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  • 1
    487
    230

    Yoda

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • 2
    476
    225

    Superboy

    JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time
  • 3
    320
    143

    Venom

    Marvel Universe
  • 4
    1,023
    588

    Superman

    Smallville, Superboy
  • 5
    345
    167

    Chewbacca

    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • 6
    693
    392

    Starfire

    Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans
  • 7
    915
    537

    Groot

    Guardians of the Galaxy
  • 8
    1,311
    791

    Goku

    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z
  • 9
    599
    339

    Silver Surfer

    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel Universe
  • 10
    268
    125

    Optimus Prime

    The Transformers, Transformers: Prime
  • 11
    760
    447

    Martian Manhunter

    Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice
  • 12
    753
    455

    Rocket Raccoon

    Marvel Universe
  • 13
    194
    97

    Green Lantern

    American Splendor, Green Lantern
  • 14
    390
    255

    Gamora

    Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Universe
  • 15
    404
    267

    Yondu

    Guardians of the Galaxy
  • 16
    220
    132

    Stitch

    Stitch!, Stitch! The Movie
  • 17
    439
    312

    Drax the Destroyer

    Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Universe
  • 18
    390
    283

    Lobo

    Omega Men, Deathstroke
  • 19
    433
    334

    Supergirl

    Supergirl, Movie 43
  • 20
    167
    112

    Bumblebee

    The Transformers, Transformers
  • 21
    156
    112

    Spock

    Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • 22
    293
    257

    Power Girl

    Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe
  • 23
    246
    214
  • 24
    313
    286

    He-Man

    The New Adventures of He-Man, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
  • 25
    84
    65

    Grimlock

    The Transformers: The Movie, Transformers